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I've got this problem where Windows is telling me that I have less than a gig left on my C:/ drive (which I noticed after one of my usual restarts). The problem with this is: I cant figure out where the heck the missing space went!

total from right-clicking on my Program Files, Windows and Users folders + all of the other folders on the C drive including the hidden ones is only about 130gb, but Windows says ive got 239 of 240 Gb taken already. Where the hell has all this space gone? I never downloaded ~100Gb to fill it all up!

Thanks in advance biggrin.gif

EDIT: better title biggrin.gif
Edited by Alfaa - 7/22/12 at 12:29pm
post #2 of 21
Run scandsk,drefrag, and ccleaner to clean out off of the junk.
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post #3 of 21
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Originally Posted by Fishinfan View Post

Run scandsk,drefrag, and ccleaner to clean out off of the junk.

Forgot to mention this, but I did all that. Defrag doesnt really apply as its a RevoDrive. Chkdsk and ccleaner diden't find anything and simply report the same ammount of free space.
post #4 of 21
I'd try running WinDirStat first off. It will tell you how everything is allocated.

Then I'd check how you have everything set up. Look at your page file, restore, and backup settings. If you have it set to back up a system image that will take a bit of room.

I would refer to Sean's SSD guide to help you along.

Just my 2c worth...hope it helps,

Rich
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post #5 of 21
Use Space Sniffer:
Cool app that lets you see what is taking up your space on your system and manage it.

Download Space Sniffer here: (link)

Look and see what is taking up the space.

Also, more stuff here:

System Maintenance: -> (Click to show)
  • CCleaner:
    CCleaner has to be the best "cleanup" utility I have ever used, it cleans up all your temp files and cleans your registry better than any other software I know. I have never had an issue with it over the last two years of using it. I have tried many others and CCleaner has come out to be the best. I highly recommend you use this as your sole maintenance cleanup software over everything else.

    Download here: (link)

    Also there is CCEnhancer which expands CCleaners reach in your system.

    Download here: (link)

  • Disk Cleanup:
    This is the integrated Disk Cleanup in Windows 7. I often use this after using CCleaner just in case CCleaner misses anything. Does a good job and I recommend you use it too.
    1. Open the Start Menu, type Disk Cleanup, press Enter
    2. Select your drive you want to "clean"
    3. Check any of the boxes you wish (I check them all)
    4. Click OK
    5. Click "Delete Files"

  • Disk Defragment for HDDs
    Haven't really had a need to use anything other than the built in disk defragmenter in Windows. It works good for me and since it is integrated I don't need to waste space on getting any 3rd party software.
    1. Open the Start Menu, type Disk Defragmenter, press Enter
    2. Select your drive you want to defragment
    3. Click "Defragment Disk"

    Alternatively you can use Defraggler: (link)

    Note: Do not defragment your SSD, it does absolutely nothing beneficial for it.

  • Empty windows update download cache:
    This is a safe and easy way to get rid of any left over windows update files.
    1. Go to: C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download
    2. Delete all of them.

    Here is a .bat that will do it automatically when you run it: Empty windows update download cache.zip 1k .zip file

  • Revo Uninstaller:
    Best Uninstaller app I have used so far, does a great job at keeping my uninstalls clean and such.

    Download Revo Uninstaller free here: (link)

  • Remove Start up Items and more:
    This is one of my favorite apps, just uncheck an item you wish to disable and it won't run upon start up. This can decrease your boot time as well as become a great troubleshooting tool.

    Download Autouns here: (link)

  • Add Start up Items:
    To add items to your start up this is an easy way to do it, just drag and drop a shortcut into this folder.
    1. For an individual user go to: C:\users\%username%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
    2. For all users go to: C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
post #6 of 21
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Sean Webster View Post

Use Space Sniffer:
Cool app that lets you see what is taking up your space on your system and manage it.
Download Space Sniffer here: (link)
Look and see what is taking up the space.
Also, more stuff here:
System Maintenance: -> (Click to show)
  • CCleaner:
    CCleaner has to be the best "cleanup" utility I have ever used, it cleans up all your temp files and cleans your registry better than any other software I know. I have never had an issue with it over the last two years of using it. I have tried many others and CCleaner has come out to be the best. I highly recommend you use this as your sole maintenance cleanup software over everything else.
    Download here: (link)
    Also there is CCEnhancer which expands CCleaners reach in your system.
    Download here: (link)
  • Disk Cleanup:
    This is the integrated Disk Cleanup in Windows 7. I often use this after using CCleaner just in case CCleaner misses anything. Does a good job and I recommend you use it too.
    1. Open the Start Menu, type Disk Cleanup, press Enter
    2. Select your drive you want to "clean"
    3. Check any of the boxes you wish (I check them all)
    4. Click OK
    5. Click "Delete Files"
  • Disk Defragment for HDDs
    Haven't really had a need to use anything other than the built in disk defragmenter in Windows. It works good for me and since it is integrated I don't need to waste space on getting any 3rd party software.
    1. Open the Start Menu, type Disk Defragmenter, press Enter
    2. Select your drive you want to defragment
    3. Click "Defragment Disk"
    Alternatively you can use Defraggler: (link)
    Note: Do not defragment your SSD, it does absolutely nothing beneficial for it.
  • Empty windows update download cache:
    This is a safe and easy way to get rid of any left over windows update files.
    1. Go to: C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\Download
    2. Delete all of them.
    Here is a .bat that will do it automatically when you run it: Empty windows update download cache.zip 1k .zip file
  • Revo Uninstaller:
    Best Uninstaller app I have used so far, does a great job at keeping my uninstalls clean and such.
    Download Revo Uninstaller free here: (link)
  • Remove Start up Items and more:
    This is one of my favorite apps, just uncheck an item you wish to disable and it won't run upon start up. This can decrease your boot time as well as become a great troubleshooting tool.
    Download Autouns here: (link)
  • Add Start up Items:
    To add items to your start up this is an easy way to do it, just drag and drop a shortcut into this folder.
    1. For an individual user go to: C:\users\%username%\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
    2. For all users go to: C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu\Programs\Startup
Downloaded it, ran it, and even it found nothing of interest. Notice it still says 160gb in the entire C: drive?

Check it out:

post #7 of 21
Check a program called treesize online, it will map out what takes up how much space in a pretty easy gui format.
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You can also use Windirstat which will give you a graphical outlook similar to the sniffer program but may be easier for you to see the data with.

( edit )

Your pagefile and hibernation file take up 30GB together and you have almost 12GB of data on your desktop, btw. Figure those things out and you have 42~GB freed up. thumb.gif

You can disable the pagefile or significantly reduce it (min/max size to 1024GB or so), and turn off the hibernation through power settings then delete the file if Windows doesn't automatically (upon a reboot).
Edited by GanjaSMK - 7/22/12 at 1:02pm
    
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post #9 of 21
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Boinz View Post

Check a program called treesize online, it will map out what takes up how much space in a pretty easy gui format.
Quote:
Originally Posted by GanjaSMK View Post

You can also use Windirstat which will give you a graphical outlook similar to the sniffer program but may be easier for you to see the data with.
( edit )
Your pagefile and hibernation file take up 30GB together and you have almost 12GB of data on your desktop, btw. Figure those things out and you have 42~GB freed up. thumb.gif
You can disable the pagefile or significantly reduce it (min/max size to 1024GB or so), and turn off the hibernation through power settings then delete the file if Windows doesn't automatically (upon a reboot).
I noticed the pagefile and hibernation file biggrin.gif I plan to reduce those to dust within a few minutes.

Both WinDirStat and Treesize find the same thing. Both were run as Admin and both found that there still was ~80GB of "floating space."

post #10 of 21
As GanjaSMK just said, i think it has to do with your hibernation and pagefile, especially if you have lots of RAM in your computer. If I'm not mistaken now, windows set the pagefile to 1.5x to your RAM, so if you have 16GB ram your pagefile is 24gb. biggrin.gif
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